As the new European Commission, led by President Juncker, took office on 1st November 2014, the mandate of Andris Piebalgs as Commissioner for Development has ended. Upon his departure, Commissioner Piebalgs highlighted what an honour it had been to work on promoting sustainable development and on fighting poverty all over the globe.
EU confirms support to Horn of Africa ahead of high-level visit of international organisations to the region
Today, the EU has confirmed that it will support the wider region of the Horn of Africa with a total of €3 billion until 2020, primarily coming from the 11th European Development Fund (EDF).
European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, has announced that the EU development programmes for Nepal and Bhutan will triple in the 2014-2020 period in comparison with the allocation from the previous years.
At the occasion of World Food Day today, Commissioners Andris Piebalgs and Kristalina Georgieva, said: "Today is an opportunity to reflect on how European Union aid is alleviating the world's greatest solvable problem: hunger.
European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will sign today the National Indicative Programmes (NIP) for development cooperation with Belize, Lesotho, Togo and Zambia in the 2014-2020 period, which amount to €869 million.
The EU has today announced a new project to promote and protect the rights of migrants moving between developing countries, worth over €10 million. The project focuses on two types of migrants: those who carry out domestic work in the recipient country (e.g. house-cleaning) and those who fall victim of human trafficking.
EU's commitment to helping developing countries provide access to sustainable energy for all is stronger than ever. The European Union will tomorrow co-sign joint declarations in New York to reinforce energy cooperation with five African countries: Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Togo and Rwanda.
Today, a high-level meeting to coordinate further steps in a European wide response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has taken place in Brussels. Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, and Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva, have represented the European Institutions.
The European Commission announces today €140 million of funding for the countries affected by the Ebola virus in West Africa: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.
The new package will help those countries bolster their health services (for example through reinforcing treatment centres or support for health workers), both during the crisis and in the recovery phase.
EU steps up its efforts to fight organised crime and drug trafficking in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean
The European Commission has announced additional funding of three million euros for the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP), an on-going initiative in several countries of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to help reduce trafficking in drugs and other illicit products, thanks to more effective, well-connected counter-narcotic activities. This includes connecting the participating airports to international databases and communication networks and promoting intelligence and information sharing. European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, said: "Organised crime, drug trafficking and the damage that they bring are a global problem that requires a strong and coordinated response". So far, thanks to this programme more than 355 kg of cocaine and 1120 kg of cannabis were seized, among other results. With today's announcement, the European Commission has contributed almost €8 million to the AIRCOP project.